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Dave Thomas ordained deacon

Deacon Dave Thomas.

The Anglican diaconate grew by one with the ordination of Dave Thomas, 27, to the office of deacon.

Thomas was ordained in his home parish of St. Patrick’s in Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, on the Feast of St. Cyprian. During his ordination service he reflected on his formative years and pondered what others saw in him that he did not even know existed.

He has been assigned to the Bishop Michael Eldon School (BMES) in Grand Bahama, as assistant chaplain and religion teacher in the primary school. He will also serve as the assistant curate at the Parish Church of the Ascension where opportunities for priestly formation will be made available to him, under the watchful eye of Father Earl Hepburn who currently serves as the priest-in-charge.

His goals are to excel as a teacher, be a good priest, become a loving husband to his fiancée after they wed, and a faithful father to their future children.

Thomas is an avid reader and feels that his pastoral strengths lie in the areas of youth ministry and social outreach. He is also a sports enthusiast at heart.

The son of Dave Thomas and Sharan Bethel spent his time equally between the Baptist and Anglican churches in his youth, but through the Sunday School and the Christian Youth Movement in the parish of St. Patrick’s, he was given the opportunity to develop his leadership skills and participate in youth ministry through the Guild of St. Ambrose (altar servers) and several other areas within the parish. He recalled the support, encouragement and love that he received from the parishioners and the role it played in motivating him to test his vocation to the sacred priesthood. He also credits Fr. Jonathan Archer with guiding and influencing him in his quest to select a career path.

Thomas graduated from Central Eleuthera High School in 2008 and pursued tertiary studies at the College of The Bahamas (now University of The Bahamas) with a concentration in secondary education. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the West Indies in 2016 and completed his studies in Theology at Codrington College in Barbados in 2017. For the 2017-18 academic year he worked as a religious studies teacher at the Jordan Prince William High School. While attending college in New Providence he worshipped at the parish of St. Agnes where he was mentored by Archbishop Drexel Gomez and the rector, Fr. I. Ranfurly Brown.

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